Lucas - THE X Ė MAN
Sports Exclusive interview - interviewed by Chad Frost
Xavier Lucas has been
tearing his way through everyone placed in front of him
in Australian MMA. This former Special Forces recruit
grew up in South Africa but he now calls Australia home.
Not only does he walk the walk, he also talks the talk!
We caught up with the self - confessed adrenalin junkie
in between training sessions, at the hotbed of MMA in
Western Australia Mach 1 Fitness, preparing for his CFC
(Cage Fighting Championships) title fight on the 23 May.
MMA Sports - How
is your preparation going for your upcoming title fight
against Shane Nix?
Xavier Ė Itís going great, I feel awesome, and I feel
like a champ! I feel good mentally and physically.
MMA Sports - What
do you think will be your strengths in the fight? (Without
giving too much away)
Xavier - Hahaha come and see me on the 23rd of May. I
got something for that assÖ.! I am not worried about the
belt. Shane is just another obstacle in my way of wanting
to become one of the best MMA fighters in the WORLD!
MMA Sports - Have
you seen much of Shane, if so what do you think of his
Xavier - Yeah I have seen some of his fights, he likes
takedowns with ground and poundÖ
MMA Sports - You
have a boxing background, do you think MMA is tougher
than boxing? If so, why?
Xavier - With MMA you have to worry about takedowns, kicks,
grappling - where as in boxing youíre just dodging punches
and body movement, boxing is more endurance training -
where MMA is more explosive training. I love both sports
they are unique in their own ways!
MMA Sports - Do you
have a day job? If so, what is it?
Xavier - Yeah I do. Well before coming to Australia, I
lived in South Africa and I was a policeman, patrol dog
handler in the Dog Unit, then I joined the Special Task
Force - Special Forces. I resigned from the Task Force
and I came to Australia. I am now working for SCT (logistics)
and am a shunter (drives a small rail engine used to move
MMA Sports - Would
you like to fight on one of the 'Big Shows' overseas in
Xavier - Yeah I want to become the best MMA fighter in
the world. Wherever the best are fighting, thatís where
I want to be, I want to show the world my skills!
MMA Sports - You
have one of the best fight-names in Australian MMA (X-Man),
who gave it to you?
Xavier - Haha yeah well, it started growing up, my friends
were to lazy to call me Xavier so they called me 'X' and
it kind of stuck with me. Itís a hood thing, in the hood
everybody has a nickname. Haha And now Iím the 'X-MAN'
MMA Sports - What
do you think of the MMA scene in Australia?
Xavier - Man itís growing so fast itís amazing! And thereís
so much talent here in Australia. There are some great
fighters here that have got big things ahead of them-
they must just stay focused!
MMA Sports - Is there
an MMA fighter that you particularly admire? If so, why?
Xavier - There are so many good MMA fighters out there,
Fedor, Mirko, GSP, Anderson Silva, Sakurai, Wanderlei.
But it would have to be Fedor, because he is mentally
and physically strong and focused on what needs to be
MMA Sports - What action / super
hero best suits you and why?
Xavier - Haha I am my own action hero 'X-MAN'. It will
have to be Russel Crowe in GLADIATOR, in that movie he
was mentally and physically prepared for any obstacle
put in front of him, because of the road he travelled,
just like my road... I like the part where he says 'I
will give them something they have never seen before!'
MMA Sports - Seeing
as though it's on the same weekend, who will win at UFC
84 - BJ Penn or Sean Sherk?
Xavier Ė Hmmmm, muscle against technique and experienceÖ
Hmmmm it will be a good fight, both are awesome fighters
but I think it will be BJ Penn.